Springtime fundraisers are in full effect, now that the weather is getting better and people are anxious to mix and mingle. I attended two this past week with similar names but on opposites sides of the Boston Harbor:
1) The Insitute of Contemporary Art's annual gala, Party on the Harbor.
This was a fantastic event. First off, you can't beat the ICA's gorgeous space overlooking the water in Boston's Seaport district. Add to that an eclectic and outgoing crowd, music by DJs Frank White and Questlove (leader of Jimmy Fallon's house band, The Roots), tarot card readings in the museum's glass-encased elevator, an amazing midnight buffet (mac-n-cheese! truffles!) and the obligatory party photo-booth and you have a hit.
While I didn't get to enjoy the high roller dinner earlier in the evening ($15K-$100K per table) and Keytar Bear failed to show up for a late-night performance, it was a really fun night in support of a wonderful institution.
2) Charlestown YMCA's fundraiser at the Residence Inn on Tudor Wharf, Pahty on the Hahbah.
A much smaller event, but well attended by area residents, youths, and the servicemen and women who benefit from the Y's programs. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, live music, passed hors d'ouvres, and a beautiful (if chilly) view of the harbor from under a tent on the wharf.
The partying continued on and near the harbor all through Memorial Day weekend. More on that to come.